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Musings about capacity building, program evaluation, and data visualization.

How To Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

How To Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Too often we hide our findings in dense text-based reports. Our clients have to sift through pages upon pages of narrative to find the gems. This is all while they navigate competing demands for their attention and time. Odds are that your report becomes just another thing on their ever growing to-do list. There’s a better way!

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Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 3

Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 3

This is the third post in a series in which I share my experiences adopting more inclusive and non-violent language into my work. Part 1 discussed inclusive and strengths-based language, Part 2 discussed non-violent language, and Part 3 (this one) talks about language commonly used by organizations.

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Creating & Labeling Small Multiple Bar Charts in Excel

Creating & Labeling Small Multiple Bar Charts in Excel

One of the most popular Excel tricks in my data visualization workshops is creating small multiple bar charts. This post is a guide for how to create this type of chart. It also explains how to go beyond the Excel defaults to automatically add labels on the outside end of each bar.

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How Am I? I’m Sitting in the Suck

How Am I? I’m Sitting in the Suck

“How are you?” Ugh this question makes me cringe. My answer to this is usually “fine.” And not because I am. I am most certainly not fine right now. As an evaluator, I am a professional question asker. And yet personally, the hardest question for me has been to depend on others and ask for help. To show up as fully human in all spaces and let others know my experience.

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